-Elects PMC Chair, Others
As a mean of fast-tracking development projects in Margibi County, the people of the county have apportioned the county development fund in the 2018/2019 national budget to various sectors of the county.
(L-R) Rep. Ivar K. Jones (SG), Ben Fofana, Chairman Leg. Caucus
Delegates at the just ended County Council Sitting organized by the County Legislative Caucus under the leadership of District Number Four Representative, Ben Fofana resolved through a resolution that the amount of US$232,666.00 be divided to benefit the five electoral districts and other areas of priority.
The 147 delegates resolved that an amount of US$15,000.00 for each district, US$23,000.00 for the Project Management Committee (PMC), which constitutes ten percent of the total fund.
Additionally, the delegates agreed that an amount of US$27,500.00 goes towards outstanding debts owed by the county during the previous county meet, and US$25,000.00 for the impending 2018/ 2019 county meet.
An amount of US$7,166.00 was also allotted to the office of the Superintendent for emergency operations.
Earlier, the Secretary of the Legislative Caucus Margibi County District two Representative, Ivar K. Jones informed the delegates that the County was heavily indebted in the toned of US$27,500.00 during the previous county meet.
Rep. Jones also stated that there was an amount of US$50,000.00 left in the County’s account.
He named series of challenging issues within various districts, to include scholarships, concession disputes, such as firestone plantation, the incomplete Unification Town project among others.
The Caucus SG disclosed to the delegates that an amount of US$207,666.00 was allotted in the National Budget as County Development Fund, and US$25,000.00 for Social Development Fund, totaling US$ 232,666.00 for the County.
For his part, Margibi Superintendent Jerry Varnie told the delegates that he inherited a zero-balance account when he took over as Superintendent of the County.
Supt. Varnie went on to state that his administration has initiated an audit of the past administration, noting that there were several projects funded by the CDF which are yet to be completed.
He named the Unification Town Hall project, the BWI multipurpose projects as some of the projects yet to be completed even though funds were given to contractors.
Varnie at same called for collective efforts in speeding up developments in the County.
For his part, the chairman of the Caucus, Rep. Ben Fofana commended the delegates for a peaceful and successful sitting, adding that other outstanding issues will be addressed in subsequent sitting.
At the same time, delegates at the just ended county sitting overwhelmingly elected Mr. Thompson M. Nanah as Chairman of the Project Management Committee, while Baysah Kollie and Nah A. Daniel were elected on white ballots as Comptroller and Treasurer respectively.